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Best cookbook, food and wine books of 2020

This year many of us are cooking and baking more than ever. Some of it is by necessity, but there's also a sense of comfort that comes with making meals at home, and fortunately we've had an ample supply of wonderful new cookbooks to inspire and guide us in 2020.  As always, choosing the top 20 cookbook, food and wine books of the year was tough...

Bob Woodward's favorite reads of 2020

Bob Woodward first came to prominence as a reporter for The Washington Post, when he and colleague Carl Bernstein reported on the scandal that became known as Watergate. Writing about the American political scene has remained his beat—a biography of John Belushi notwithstanding—and of the 19 books he's written about US politics, 13 of them have been...

The best history books of November

Every month, the Amazon Books editors get together to select the ten best books of the month. After we've picked the main list, we break off to determine the best books in a variety of categories. One of the categories I pick is the history category. Below are four standouts from the best history books of November—the first one, Pappyland, also made...

Misty Copeland's favorite reads of 2020

Misty Copeland is a world-renowned prima ballerina and a trailblazer in the field as the first Black female principal dancer for American Ballet Theater. Copeland was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2015, and has performed on a variety of stages, from television to Broadway, to touring with Prince. Copeland is also a best-selling...

The books we are grateful for

As everyone knows intimately, 2020 has been a year. But it's been a banner year for books. I'm lucky to have read so many books that made me laugh, made me cry, filled me with hope, multiplied my empathy, and expanded my understanding of the human experience. So it is in the spirit of Thanksgiving that the editors are reflecting on the books that...

An interview with the guys behind "Stuff You Should Know"

If you haven’t listened to Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant's podcast Stuff You Should Know, where they riff on the things they wonder about, I highly recommend it. The beginning of each podcast begins as a conversation between pals—it’s informal, with dad jokes sprinkled in—and then they get into dissecting how and why things work and how events, objects,...

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2020

I admit, I had some qualms about 2020 when we were about, oh, three months in. And I still have qualms, but absolutely not about the books that were unveiled this year, especially in the sci-fi and fantasy world. In June, the Amazon Books Editors named N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became as the best science fiction and fantasy book of 2020 so far....

The 2020 Booker Prize winner

At a “ceremony without walls,” the Booker Prize for Fiction announced Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart as the best book of 2020 on Thursday, November 19. The Booker Prize is awarded by a panel of judges to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain is the story of a young boy growing...

Debbie Macomber's favorite reads of 2020

Debbie Macomber has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot. As if that weren't achievement enough, her annual Christmas novels have been such huge hits that five of them have been turned into original...

The Best Children's Books of 2020

What a year 2020 has been, especially for kids. School looks like never before, and the days of sleepovers and birthday parties are a fond memory at the moment. But this is also a year when kids who never thought they liked to read, found a book that changed their mind. And a love of reading will last them far beyond the days of masks and isolation....

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